SAN LORENZO — A home that caught fire here earlier this month was being used to manufacture large amounts of ketamine, according to Alameda County drug task force agents assigned to investigate the blaze.
The fire occurred on Sept. 6 at a home on the 15000 block of Via Media in San Lorenzo, according to police. Inside, authorities reportedly found large flasks, sifters, bags of chemicals and other evidence indicative of a clandestine drug lab.
Authorities initially weren’t sure whether they were dealing with a cannabis honey oil manufacturing facility, or something out of Breaking Bad, the TV crime drama about methamphetamine production. But an analyst with the Drug Enforcement Administration finally gave police their answer: it was the dissociative anesthetic ketamine that was being manufactured.
Because ketamine disconnects people from reality, it is sometimes taken as a hallucinogen. Users commonly refer to it colloquially — but not accurately — as “horse tranquilizer.”
The cause of the fire was determined to be faulty wiring inside the home, arson investigators found. Police have not announced any arrests and say the origin of the lab is still under investigation.
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